Pata Pata

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"Pata Pata"
Single by Miriam Makeba
from the album Pata Pata
Released 1967
Format 7" single/12" single
Recorded 1967
Label Reprise
Writer(s) Dorothy Masuka

"Pata Pata" is a song by South African singer Miriam Makeba. "Pata Pata" was written by fellow southern African artist Dorothy Masuka and first released by Makeba in 1957 when she still lived in South Africa.[1][2]


The song's title means "touch touch" in the Xhosa language, in which the song was originally written and sung.[2] The song was released in the United States in 1967 for her studio album of the same name.[2] In 1988, a duet version with Chayanne was made. It was included in the album Chayanne.

The original version of Pata Pata is included in Pata Pata (released 1972), The Best of the Early Years (Miriam Makeba), a collection of 24 tracks released in 2002 by Wrasse, and the 40 track compilation Her Essential Recordings: The Empress of African Song (2006 Manteca). Makeba released a renovated version of the song, entitled "Pata Pata 2000", in her 2000 album Homeland.


It was successful on the Billboard Hot 100, and peaked at #12.[3] The song is considered by many to be Makeba's signature hit and the song has since been covered by many artists.

Cover versions[edit]

The song has also been covered by Angélique Kidjo, DJ Mellow-D, El General, Howard Carpendale and Tito Puente & La Lupe.


Charts (1967) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 12
US Billboard R&B Singles 7


  1. ^ Nkrumah, Gamal (17 November 2001). "Mama Africa". Profile. Cairo, Egypt: Al-Ahram Weekly. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Pata Pata Miriam Makeba - Watch The Video And Read The Lyrics". 2015-12-06. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  3. ^ Craig Harris. "Miriam Makeba | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  4. ^ "Lynn Taitt". Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Matt Collar (2002-06-18). "Surrender - Jonathan Butler | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 19, 2006. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]

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